It’s taken Ian Poveda a little bit of time to get up and running at Leeds United.
The young winger arrived at Elland Road in January, but picked up just his fifth first team appearance for the Whites in the EFL Cup upset against Hull City in midweek.
Poveda looked bright in that match, despite the outcome, and proved once again that he is on the right track to the first team.
As is usually the case with the wide man, the main thing that stood out here was his dribbling ability.
Poveda attempted 10 dribbles against the Tigers, completing eight, as per Wyscout.
As a point of reference, Jack Harrison completed just two dribbles against Liverpool last weekend.
A quick look at his dribble map shows that Poveda is doing his best work in really positive areas of the field.
Nine of his 10 attempted dribbles were in the opposition half, with several around the edge of the box.
The example above is a prime example of the threat that he poses.
Poveda assumes possession high and wide on the right flank, and immediately squares up to his defender.
His pace and directness are his two greatest strengths, and he utilises both in equal measure here.
Driving at his man, he drops his shoulder at the last second and ducks inside the box.
His defender knows that he can’t touch him, but such is Poveda’s nimbleness, that ultimately isn’t a decision that is his for the making.
Scampering into space, Poveda leaves his man in the dust before firing off a fierce shot.
In this instance it is blocked, but the ease with which he crafted the chance for himself is a promising reminder of just how much natural ability the starlet has.
These kind of performances – quietly brilliant – will not go unnoticed by Marcelo Bielsa, and if he keeps this up, Poveda should get his chance soon enough.
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